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Public Address 5 August 2013 - This government & journalists

Public Address 5 August 2013 - This government and journalists

It's worse than you think
10:08 Aug 4, 2013 in Hard News by Russell Brown
It's not quite two years since the Prime Minister responded to one of the inevitable perils of public leadership -- a live-microphone accident -- by making a complaint under the Crimes Act, thus triggering an investigation that saw the country's…
http://publicaddress.net/hardnews/its-worse-than-you-think/

Our man in Afghanistan
14:06 Aug 2, 2013 in Hard News by Russell Brown
Chris Trotter has a nice tribute to our mutual journalist friend Jon Stephenson over on The Daily Blog. Jon has, of course, been much in our minds lately: through the defamation action in which the Defence Force finally admitted that…
http://publicaddress.net/hardnews/our-man-in-afghanistan/

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